Just Blinds LTD and Child Safety

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BBSA make it safe campaign supported by CAPT

It is officially child safety week! To give you a run down, child safety week is organised annually by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) and supports the British Blinds and Shutter Association (BBSA) campaign. The idea behind the campaign is to educate and build confidence around the risks of child safety in blinds. CAPT have supported the BBSA’s make it safe campaign, since it started in 2009 and together, provide excellent advice on keeping children safe when it comes to blind installation.

You may be thinking, what is the problem and how can children be affected by the simple structure of a blind? To answer the question, it is proven that simple accidents are one of the biggest killers in England and Wales, second only to cancer. A statistic highlighted by CAPT states that one child under the age of 5 dies every week in England from an accident at home.

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Child safety device to secure cords

In 2014 it became a law that any blinds with manual cord control, must be fitted with a cord retainer (child safety device) at least 1.5M from the floor. This was to prevent the risk of strangulation with small children. Since this regulation came into place, manufacturers have brainstormed numerous ideas 0n how they can continue manufacturing a safe product.

What do we do at Just Blinds LTD to ensure our services remain child friendly:

First of all, we are proud to say we are accredited members of the BBSA. The BBSA is the only national trade association for companies that manufacture, supply and install blinds, shutters, awnings and motor control systems. The BBSA keeps us up to date with changes to standards, requirements and best practices while highlighting the importance of child safety in blinds.

At Just Blinds you can feel rest assured, on every job with manual cord operation, we ensure our fitters install a safety device which allows cords to be secured and not pose a possible safety threat. Alternatively, some of our corded blinds come with safety features such as breakaway condensers. The idea behind these devices is for the cord to break apart as soon as too much pressure is applied to the cord, preventing all risks of strangulation as previously mentioned.

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Secured cords and chains on a Vertical Blind

Roman blinds, previously made with numerous looped cords that run along the back of the fabric have been changed and altered to have their own built in breakaway clips. This takes away maximum danger to any young child and you can still achieve the soft and homely look a roman brings to any house.

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For blinds manufactured before 2014, you are able to install your own child safety clip to secure all corded blinds. We are giving away free child safety devices at our showroom to help support the cause so please come get yours while still available!

Finally, we can fully assure, all members of our team are trained in child safety regulations and would be able to advise on any queries you may have. We are doing our part this week to raise awareness regarding any legislation and regulations involving child safety.

For more information on child safety in blinds, curtains, shutters and awnings, please contact the friendly Just Blinds team on:

Cannock: 01543 274 207

Stafford: 01785 556 424

 

New Year, New Trends?

New year, means new trends. Like most things, blinds included, we like to keep up with the current trends. This enables us to create a stylish and modern look for our customers by dressing their windows appropriately.

We offer a number of different window dressings, which can help provide a unique aesthetic in your home. These vary from new and innovative shutters right through to Velux Skylights or Cassette Rollers. In this blog we plan to highlight the blinds that are currently “in” with current trends.

VENETIAN BLINDS (Wood/Faux Wood & Perfect Fits) 

Starting off with one of our most popular choices amongst our customers, our venetians are a fabulous way to add a personalised touch to any home. Venetians are as we say, old but gold – Ideal for creating a sleek, modern look in your home, the versatility of Venetians make them a popular choice. Simple to use controls make them ideal for filtering or cutting out light completely offering you excellent light control. Available in a variety of different styles and materials, this allows venetians to be perfect for any room in your home regardless of factors such as moisture. Venetians are available in real wood, faux wood, aluminium and can all be made into Perfect fit blinds.

SHUTTERS

Our shutter range is increasingly getting more popular as years go on. Looking for a stylish and practical look for your home? Our made-to-measure shutters are your answer. Creating the perfect focal point, our shutters also have many practical benefits such as being energy efficient with excellent heat retention. A huge benefit of shutters would be the privacy control you have by being able to completely block out any unwanted audience. Shutters are able to cater to all shaped windows without drawing any attention away from the feature. Our expert knowledge makes shutter a perfect window dressing for any room in your home.

Faux wood Luxaflex shutters

MOTORISED BLINDS 

Motorised blinds are becoming increasingly popular as advances in technology become more apparent. As the world around us develops, it would only make sense if our blinds did too! The majority of blinds can now be motorised, dependent on the style. A huge key benefit of our motorised blinds is the fact they can be compatible with the well known “Alexa” with the help of a hub. This of course allows you to operate your blinds by simply telling them to open or close. This is thus why motorised blinds are up there with the current trends in the industry.

PERFECT FITS  

What are perfect fits you may ask? Perfect fits are innovative and can be made form a variation of styles. Unlike other blinds, perfect fit blinds require no mess, screws or hassle when it comes to installation! They operate by clipping onto the window frame and offer an immaculate finish. We had to add our perfect fit blinds to our list of current trends due to the stylish and practical features! The popularity of perfect fit blinds also meant they could not be missed in our current trends blog!

 

CASSETTED ROLLERS

You may have already heard of the classic roller blinds but have you heard of cassetted rollers? These roller blinds simply come with a headed box which can be made to match the fabric on the roller blind. A wondrous touch to make your roller blind stand out just that little bit more!

AWNINGS

Awnings, previously more popular in commercial properties, are now becoming increasingly common in domestic homes. Awnings allow you to spend more time outdoors by implementing smart ways to bring shade when its bright, heat on cooler evenings and bring a touch of light when it’s dark. Our Awnings are innovated with safety features. you can operate them with the click of a button if you choose to go the motorisation route and they offer exceptional UV protection for those perfect summer days.

VELUX

Our Velux blind range is designated to roof windows, otherwise known as skylights. As people start to modernise their homes, Velux blinds are becoming more essential. They offer the added touch needed for roof windows to expertise the light control in the home. Our Velux Blinds include standard and room darkening fabrics to suit every room in the home and can be manufactured in both plain and patterned fabrics. Velux windows are often hard to reach, so we offer handy accessories to make opening and closing blinds as simple as possible. A simple rod can be extended to reach high windows.

CURTAINS

Curtains continue to be up there with the newest (and oldest) trends. Available in so many styles, patterns and fabrics, curtains are a fabulous choice for any home needing an extra touch. As well as being stylish, there are many practical benefits of curtains. One key benefit being that they are a superb energy efficient method for keeping the heat in your home Our curtains can be styled in numerous ways and extra features can be added,  for example, customer your curtains with a waved header, the choice is yours!

Made-to-measure curtains

If you are looking for more information on any form of blinds, shutters or curtains then please contact the knowledgeable and friendly Just Blinds team on:

Cannock: 01543 274 207

Stafford: 01785 556 424

Free Phone: 0800 012 6927

Perfect Fits: How do they work?

Some of our most favoured blinds for both our customers and fitters, would be the idyllic perfect fits. These blinds give an immaculate finish to any home and hold many key advantages to which we will demonstrate below.

What are perfect fit blinds you may ask? They are innovative blinds that can be fitted with ease involving no screws, tools or hassle when it comes down to installation! With numerous styles available, perfect fit blinds are ideal for conservatories and Bi-Fold doors. 

There are a number of variations you can have when it comes to perfect fit blinds. These include various materials, styles and clipping systems. These styles as such incorporate; venetian (wooden and aluminium), pleated and roller. 

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recent perfect fit installation

Some key advantages to Perfect Fits include;

  • Mess and clutter free – your window sill space is left untouched and free from all cords. Perfect for minimalist interiors!
  • Great insulation – A superlative tool to attain more control over the temperature of your home. Keeps the cold out and the warm in!
  • Child Safety approved – No cables or cords are used to operate, making them completely child friendly. 
  • Excellent for Awkward windows – Having the blinds fit inside the frame makes them suitable for the likes of skylights and tilt and turn windows! The perfect fit also means no handle is obstructed or awkward to get to. 
  • Optimal light control – Cover your windows completely due to the precise fitting, allowing more control over light in your home.

If you are looking for more information on Perfect Fit Blinds then please contact the knowledgeable and friendly Just Blinds team for all your blinds, shutters and curtains on: 

Cannock: 01543 274 207

Stafford: 01785 556 424

Why Faux Wood Blinds can be even better than Wood Blinds

Faux wood blinds are becoming more popular with blinds buyers and now match the sales of real wood blinds here at Just Blinds, Cannock.

Although in many cases the word ‘faux’ can imply a reduction of quality, (like faux leather) when it comes to blinds the faux wood venetian blinds actually outscore the real wood venetian blinds in a number of ways. Let us explain.

The faux wood blinds are actually made of a specifically developed PVC material that brings a number of advantages verses the more traditional wood venetian blinds.

  • Faux wood materials are waterproof. This makes them easier to clean. These blinds can be wiped with a damp cloth with no danger of damage to the paint like a wooden blind.
  • Faux wood blinds are not effected by moisture. This makes them perfect for high moisture areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Increased range of colours and styles. The range of faux wood colours is far greater than the traditional wooden blinds.
  • Increased durability. Traditional wood blinds can splinter and crack if handled without care. Once the blinds start to crack and splinter then the structure is weakened. In comparison, the faux wood blinds slats are able to bend, and flex rather than crack. Perfect for homes with pets, children and clumsy adults!

However…

PVC faux blinds provide many advantages as detailed above. However, they do have their limitations. Faux wood blinds cannot be fitted in places that may subject the blinds to high heat, such as conservatories. Excessive heat can cause the slats to twist. This problem is exacerbated in darker colours due to heat absorption. Due to the reduced rigidity of faux wood blinds, additional supports or ‘ladders’ may be required for faux wood blinds.

Just Blinds provide free, no obligation advice and quotes for all types of blinds to suit all properties. The range includes faux wood blinds and real wood blinds. The helpful showroom team are able to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of all blinds available and help customers select the perfect blinds for their property and needs.

Call Just Blinds on Cannock (01543) 274207 for your perfect blinds.